The traditional International Week took place at ICN Business School from March 8 to 11: a perfect opportunity for our Bachelor students to benefit from the expertise of professors from all over the world! We interviewed Flavie Riggi, a second-year Bachelor student at ICN BS. She shares with us the key moments of this rewarding experience and tells us in what ways it was beneficial for her!
Flavie, which courses did you take during the International Week and why?
I chose to take the course “Soft skills: the key to success in life and in business” (CHALIFOUX Benoit) because it was the course that interested me the most. During higher education, we have a lot of courses on technical/intellectual skills, but less on human and behavioral skills, which are however very important at work. They are essential for personal and professional development and success. Technical skills are of course also essential to be able to carry out the tasks entrusted to you at work, but knowing how to listen, work in a group, be creative, manage your time, and be organized is just as important! Without these soft-skills, we can not live and work in society.
I also had a project last year on the soft-skills that managers need most, so I already did some research on this topic. This course really allowed me to deepen my knowledge and shed more light on the subject.
I also took the “Business Model Innovation” module (DE LA PEÑA AGUIRRE Oralia) which was based on innovation. It was a very interesting course because in today’s world, research evolves very fast. We were able to discover the ways in which companies deploy innovation strategies, and how innovation impacts companies and disrupts certain things. It was captivating!
Finally, I had the chance to attend the “Conscious Leadership” course (LOPEZ VAZQUEZ Lilia Patricia), dealing with personal development. This course emphasized the importance of finding your goal and being aware that failures make you grow.
What did you learn thanks to the International Week?
I learned a lot because the courses are different from those offered in the 2nd year of the Bachelor’s program. It also allowed me to improve my English and to learn business and management concepts in this language, as almost all the courses were taught in English. It’s a very good way to improve and expand our vocabulary!
Of course, I have also learned a lot about myself because through the soft skills and conscious leadership courses, we question our personal development: it was very interesting!
It was rewarding to be able to open up to others, to discuss our different points of view… It allows us to learn so many new things!
A word for a future Bachelor’s student concerning the international week: why is this week a considerable opportunity for him/her?
The international week will allow you to improve your English and to meet other students. For example, I had the chance to meet 3rd year English Track students and other Bachelor students I hadn’t met yet. It was rewarding to be able to open up to others, to discuss our different points of view… It allows us to learn so many new things!
You should also know that during the International Week, we create our own schedule. This is a great advantage because we can choose the classes that really interest us!
Finally, participating in the International Week is a great opportunity, which allows you to meet professors from all over the world. We discover other working methods and new cultures. I had a teacher who came from Mexico for example, and another one from Canada: it’s incredible that while being in France, we’ve had the chance to work and study with these international professors!
I have learned a lot about myself, because during the soft-skills and conscious leadership courses, we questioned ourselves about our personal development: it was very rewarding!
3 words to describe the international week?
Discoveries, rewarding, and creativity!
The international week is full of discoveries: we discover professors from other countries, as well as themes that are not taught in the core curriculum of the Bachelor’s program.
It is also a rewarding experience: you learn a lot in only 4 days!
Finally, creativity is at the heart of this experience: we get out of our comfort zone since we have to create videos and write reports at the end of each module. This brings our creativity to life!
It’s incredible that while being in France, we’ve had the chance to work and study with international professors!
Your best memory of this international week?
My best memory was the oral presentation during the course on soft skills. We had to choose a subject that the teacher had addressed during the class and give a short oral presentation on this. Normally, I don’t like speaking in front of others at all, but the professor made us feel so comfortable, he invested so much time in this course, that everyone was happy to participate. This is my best memory of the International Week!